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Old-Fashioned Motherhood: Traditional Homemaking Skills. Cooking, cleaning, and sewing are homemaking skills that are happily making a resurgence among women-- stay-at-home, single ladies, and working moms alike.

Old-Fashioned Motherhood: Traditional Homemaking Skills

Some say that Martha Stewart started it all, but I also think that the cycles of history continue to turn and bring our thoughts back to our ancestors. The Tiny House Project. Making a Coupon Binder. For a couple months now, I've been practicing what I've been calling "extreme-ish couponing. " I told myself I wasn't a "real" extreme couponer because A) I still have pretty high standards about what I will and won't buy (no artificial colors or MSG in foods, no artificial fragrances or nasty other chemicals in cleaning or hygiene products) B) I've "only" been saving an average of 30-50% on my shopping orders (this week was 43%) and C) I didn't have a coupon binder, just a little coupon wallet.

"C" is no longer true. This past weekend, I broke down and put together a coupon binder. It was just getting too much of a pain to flip through all ninety billion coupons to find one little coupon that I found I needed when I was in the store, like the pistachio coupon I needed a couple weeks ago that I spent about ten minutes searching for when I found an unadvertised sale. Minimalism Lifestyle. House Cleaning Supplies, Tools and Tips from Jeff Campbell's The Clean Team. Hiking Guide: Outdoor Information & Trail Maps. Author Suzanne McMinn. Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #20. Frugally Sustainable A Resource for All Things Frugal and Sustainable Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #20 March 27, 2012 By Andrea 10 Comments The Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways Wednesday Blog Hop Welcome to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways Wednesday, this is a blog hop!

Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #20

Urban or Rural HomesteadingAnything DIYFrugal RecipesPreparedness/SurvivalRepurposed ProjectsUpcycled Frugal FindsAnimal CareNatural Gardening TipsHerbal RemediesGreen Cleaners The list could go on… Basically, anything that you think will build and encourage our community. This Week’s Featured Posts I want to say a big, huge thank you to all of you who participated last week! Here are the most clicked on posts, in order, from last week: 1. 2. 3. Congratulations!!! Please Note: I share my personal favorites on my facebook page throughout the week! It’s Time To Share Your Posts Bloggers, use the linky tool on the bottom of this post to share your best post. 1. 2.

What will you share this week? Here we go! *Likes: (5)* 1. *Likes: (3)* 2. 3. Homemade Cleaners For The Bathroom {Peppermint. Bathrooms are busy rooms and if they aren’t maintained daily, it doesn’t take long for them to get grunge-tastic.

Homemade Cleaners For The Bathroom {Peppermint

Here are several tips to help you bring them to a shine (and keep them that way), along with some nice homemade peppermint cleaners you can make. Apply a thin layer of lemon oil to shower doors. This helps keep soap scum from building up by making the soapy water bead up on the glass and slide on down the drain. Pour 2 tsp of lemon oil on a cloth then wipe the doors. Do this every other week for best results. Easy Household Time Saver: Each day wipe down the sink, toilet and spray the inside of the shower with cleaner, empty the trash.

Here are a few different recipes for homemade cleaners you might want to try (EO = peppermint essential oil)… Shower Scrub: 1 cup baking soda 1/4 tsp EO. Natural and Thrifty in 365: #179 Jarred Homemade Baking Mixes. Skip the store-bought mixes for muffins and cornbread and make your own.

Natural and Thrifty in 365: #179 Jarred Homemade Baking Mixes

Jar your baking recipes in advance and just add the wet ingredients. Spend less time in the kitchen, save money in your budget and create peace of mind knowing exactly what you are feeding your family. This is a wonderful option for quick breads, brownies, cookies, muffins, and many cookie recipes. Another Year Without Groceries. Online Monthly Budget Calculator - Free Tool From Frugal Pig. The art of living in small spaces by Claire Wolfe 92.

Long ago, I read that to live in the country you must have the soul of a poet, the dedication of a saint, and a good station wagon.

The art of living in small spaces by Claire Wolfe 92

Today I suppose you'd have to update the station wagon to an SUV, but the fact remains: To live successfully anywhere outside the mainstream of life you must have an unconventional spirit coupled with down-to-earth practicality—a combo that can be hard to find and harder still to balance. I live in the country, but my latest life choices have also involved living in miniature spaces—which presents an additional set of challenges, both to the soul and to practicality.

For the last three years I've shared a one-room cabin with a pack of dogs and one outnumbered but boldly unflappable cat. The cabin has an exterior footprint of 409 square feet—nine feet above the minimum my county requires for a residence. Its interior space is about 360 square feet, including closets and cabinet space.